YEREVAN, March 12. / ARKA /. Naira Nahapetyan, head of finance and credit committee of the Yerevan Council of Elders (City Council) from the ruling Republican Party of Armenia, defended the current mayor Taron Margarian saying Yerevan mayor should be a man with good managerial skills, who has done a great deal of job for the city and who is able to run it.
"City Council elections allow residents of Yerevan to trust the development of their city to a man who can manage a large modern city - from garbage collection to construction," she said.
Nahapetyan said the campaign for the elections starts on April 7 and the Republican Party is going to present the work done by the current mayor Taron Margarian, who was elected unanimously by the Council of Elders mayor of Yerevan in 2011 November.
Nahapetyan said the only real candidate is the current mayor who has proved his abilities in this position.
She added that in 2012 alone around 2.5 million square meters of roads were paved with asphalt, green areas have expanded by 840 hectares, more than 40 thousand trees and shrubs have been planted in the city.
She said City Council elections is an election of a man who can run the city.’ In this regard, she added that the opposition Armenian National Congress, which has 13 seats in the City Council but has been boycotting its work since 2009, could have contributed to the development of the city.
Next elections to the Council of Elders will be held on May 5, 2013. The mayor is elected by City Council members. Under the law, the right to nominate candidates for mayor belongs to the factions within the Council of Elders. -0-